Sexwale yet to make up his mind on running for Fifa head

Tokyo Sexwale has been approached to submit his name as a candidate for the football body’s top post.

FILE: Tokyo Sexwale. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - South African businessman and former politician Tokyo Sexwale says he's still consulting on whether to run for Fifa presidency and is yet to make up his mind.

Sexwale has been approached to submit his name as a candidate for the football body's top post by several highly placed people within the fraternity.

Outgoing Fifa head Sepp Blatter announced that he would be stepping down in May in light of one of the worst corruption scandals to hit the federation.

Sexwale's spokesperson Peter Paul Ngwenya says the former politician will announce his decision in due course.

"He's honoured and humbled, so the fact that he is consulting means he wants to come to the right decision otherwise he would have said, 'No I'm not interested.'"

BRIBERY CHARGES

Football's governing body was thrown into turmoil in May when 14 sports marketing executives and football officials, including several from Fifa, were indicted in the United States on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges.

Sexwale has served on FIFA's anti-discrimination task force and was a founding member of the Makana FA, the unofficial football organisation for apartheid-era prisoners on Robben Island.

"He is humbled and honoured by these approaches and does not regard these lightly as they emanate from people he respects and has confidence in," said Ngwenya.

"Furthermore he regards the position of Fifa president as one with a heavy responsibility, more so at this time when Fifa is under a cloud following the corruption scandal.

"We are aware Mr Sexwale believes in unity within Fifa in the Mandela way and he will therefore not involve his name if this will result in the perpetuation of divisions that will further damage the Fifa brand," added Ngwenya.

South Korean Chung Mong-joon, former Brazil great Zico and Liberian FA president Musa Bility have announced they will run in the February presidential election.

Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan is also considering running again after losing to Blatter in May's vote.